I’m re-watching Game of Thrones ahead of the final season, and just watched “Hardhome.” (Season 5, Episode 8.)
Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane travel to the Wildling village to attempt to negotiate an alliance. While there, the White Walkers and their wights attack, and a great battle ensues.
It’s an intense, pivotal episode, that raises the stakes on the whole series and demonstrates just how serious a threat the White Walkers really are.
But I got to wondering: Were the Walkers going to attack Hardhome regardless, and Jon Snow just happened to be there at the time? Or did they somehow know Jon was going to be there, and that’s why they attacked when they did?
If the former, well, that’s a pretty damned convenient coincidence from a storytelling perspective, isn’t it? If the latter, then wouldn’t that be all the more reason for the Free Folk to hate and distrust him?
(Or am I asking prematurely and this question will be addressed later? I hadn’t seen this since it first aired, and don’t have a great memory for such details, hence my re-watching binge.)